July 27 2014 Philippine holiday – Iglesia ni Cristo centennial anniversary

iglesia ni cristo centennial july 27 2014
Iglesia ni Cristo will be marking its centennial anniversary on July 27 2014

Influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) will be celebrating its 100th foundation anniversary this coming July 27. The said day, which this year falls on a Sunday, is a special working holiday throughout the Philippines as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 9645.

Enacted during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, RA 9645 praises INC for its “exemplary feat of leading its members towards spiritual enlightenment and good citizenry.”

Curiously, INC’s leadership endorsed Arroyo’s 1998 vice presidential bid as well as her 2004 presidential candidacy. Read the full text of RA 9645 in this link.

iglesia ni cristo centennial july 27 2014
Iglesia ni Cristo will be marking its centennial anniversary on July 27 2014

With just three weeks to go before the big day, President Benigno Aquino III, another INC endorsee, declared 2014 as “Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial Year.” He made the announcement through Proclamation 815, a copy of which though is not yet posted on the government website.

The Aquino administration also announced the creation of an inter-government task force meant to implement measures to assure that the centennial anniversary celebration on July 27 will proceed safely.

Keep in mind that since July 27 is designated as a special working holiday (quite an oxymoron, really 😉 ), those who will be going to work on this day will not receive any additional pay.

This is because according to the Department of Labor and Employment, “work performed on a (working holiday) is considered work on ordinary working days.” 

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4 Comments on July 27 2014 Philippine holiday – Iglesia ni Cristo centennial anniversary

  1. INC has been very prominent throughout the country, having lots of church members, large and beautifully built chapels, and the fact that it’s celebrating their 100th foundation anniversary, there is no doubt that it’s going to be declared as a national holiday dated. But being a non-INC member, I strongly believe that such decisions are needed to be discussed further by our officials. Many people will think “why will we even work for 8 long hours of the day and maybe more if there isn’t any salary in that day?” Despite the fact that INC is not a universal religion. I have nothing against the INC, in fact, I have lots of friends and family members that are INC, but I think it should be discussed more before it becomes a national holiday. 🙂

    Pineda, Doneil A.
    Holy Angel University
    RIZAL F332 CBA

  2. Bakit pag INC ang may good news, hate agad ng taga non-INC members? Ang Katoliko marami ngang holiday! Ang Muslim marami ding Holiday! Walang naglalakas ng loob na magalit. Bakit pag INC na, isang beses lng ngang mangyari sa isang taon, ay galit agad ang mga tao? Base dito, napapatunayan ko na, Tunay na Iglesia talaga itong Iglesia Ni Cristo! Sapagkat nasusulat sa bibliya na ang tunay na Iglesia na itinayo ni Cristo kay dadaan sa maraming pagsubok at hahamakin ng mga tao.

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